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NHS appoints first Kenyan Deputy Chief Nurse

Posted on June 2022 By Jamie Southwell

Mercy Wasike, Deputy Chief Nurse, London NHS

​For the first time ever, the NHS have appointed a senior sister from Kenya as a Deputy Chief Nurse to assist the Chief Nurse and provide senior leadership.

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust chose Mercy Wasike for the position of Deputy Chief Nurse on May 3rd with her background experience as a senior nurse at the hospital’s emergency department accrediting her.

Chief Nurse at the London based Trust, Louise Morton, praised Mercy on her promotion to the position, saying “Mercy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to nursing at RNOH.”

Continuing, she added “Her professionalism, expertise and compassionate approach is an exemplar to her colleagues and make her an amazing nurse leader. We welcome her and are very lucky, and proud, to have her.”

Mercy was originally born in Kenya and graduated in her home country with a bachelors of education degree. She arrived in the UK afterwards and began a diploma in adult nursing at the University of Brighton and by 2003, she was able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

When travelling to the London later in life, she eventually got appointed as Assistant Director of Nursing at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust after working there since 2016 as a lead professional for community and primary care nursing.

Wasike describes her experience travelling from Kenya, saying “I left home to explore an opportunity to use my gifts in service to humanity, this position validates that decision.”

“I would like to acknowledge all those who have contributed to getting me this far on my nursing leadership journey.”

Finishing, adding her grateful attitude with “My family have an abiding belief in my ability and have been consistent with their support to me.”

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